July 24, 2021

Ellen Walshe made a strong Olympic debut appearance on Saturday when winning her 100m Butterfly heat at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in the tiniest of fractions off her own Irish Senior Record.

The 19-year-old from Templeogue in Dublin, came from behind on the final 50m to touch the wall in 59.35s – just 0.03s slower than the new Irish Senior Record she set in June.

Walshe went into this event ranked 26th overall and finished 24th. She will be back in the Tokyo 2020 pool on Monday morning Irish time for the heats of her main event, the 200m Individual Medley.

“It was a strong first swim for me, it’s just slightly off my PB,” said Walshe. “It would have been nice to get another Irish Senior Record, but it wasn’t there. I felt strong, but you win some you lose some – I’m happy enough with the swim.”

Walshe is also the Irish Senior Record holder in the 200m Individual Medley (2:12.02) and goes in to the event ranked 20th overall.

County Longford’s Darragh Greene also made his Olympic debut today, finishing fourth in his 100m Breaststroke heat to maintain his pre-meet ranking of 29th.

It was a solid swim from the National Centre Dublin swimmer, who will be back in the pool on Tuesday morning Irish time for the 200m Breaststroke heat.

Greene said: “It’s great to get that experience out there, it’s a serious pool, and yeah, really looking forward to the 200m.”

Speaking of the support he feels from home he added: “Yeah it’s unreal. It’s great to have everyone’s support, it’s very overwhelming and it’s great to have.”

Full results: Olympic Schedule & Results - 24 Jul | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Schedule, Sunday – July 25

11:07 Danielle Hill – 100m Backstroke (Heat 3) – PB 1:00.18

11:45 Mona McSharry – 100m Breaststroke (Heat 5) – PB 2:25.92

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